4 Tips For A Less Painful Dental Visit

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Going to the dentist isn't always painful, but if you haven't been to the dentist in a long time or you don't have the best oral hygiene, then even a simple dental cleaning can be the source of discomfort. Luckily, there are a number of different ways that you can make your dental visit be a little less painful.  

Visit a Dentist That Advertises Gentle Dental Care 

The first way to ensure that you have a less painful dentist visit is to find a dentist that you trust that advertises in gentle dental care. Most dentists are aware that dental visits can be painful, and those that advertise gentle dental practices are particularly aware. These dentists are usually trained in phobia and anxiety management, and will work slowly and at your comfort levels to give you best the experience possible. 

Opt For Sedation And Numbing

When you are having cavities filled, your dentist will most likely offer you sedation and numbing. However, if you are having your teeth cleaned and you start to feel pain, you can also request sedation and numbing. Instead of giving you a full-on shot, the dentist will usually apply a numbing agent to your gums with a q-tip. This, in combination with sedation, will make the process a lot less painful.

Come Prepared 

Before you visit the dentist, as long as you aren't taking any other medication at the dental office that interacts, you should take a couple of over-the-counter pain relievers. By the time you start in on your dental appointment, your body will have already absorbed the pain reliever, and they will be doing their job. This also helps for sensitivity that you might experience after a deep teeth cleaning, 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene 

One way to avoid pain at the dental office is to keep your mouth in great shape so that the dentist won't have to do a lot of work or a painful deep cleaning. Make sure that on top of brushing each day you are flossing. If you don't floss, plaque can calcify and harden near the gum line, which is painful to have removed. Practice great oral hygiene and you might be able to avoid any pain altogether! 

Going to the dentist can be an unpleasant experience, but it doesn't have to be. If you follow the tips above then you shouldn't have to deal with discomfort and pain during your next dental visit.  


24 May 2016

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.